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I have done decoctions in the past and have not noticed much difference versus a single or multistep mash on my direct fired RIMS system.  However, I did a nice lazy man's mash out decoction on a helles recently using a stainless bowl inside my 20 qt pressure cooker.  May have added about 45 minutes to the brew day and helped me get to mash out more quickly.  We'll see if I notice a flavor difference.

This is mostly continental Pilsner malt (post decocation).

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:32:42 AM »
Having used both polysulfone and the stainless camlocks, definitely go for the ss camlocks.  Male on the pots and pumps, female on the hoses.  The only advantage of the polysulfone QDs is the lack of heat transfer.  Brewhardware has some female camlocks with wider nipples now if you have flow concerns.  I have only had mine back up once in over a year or so of use.  So probably a nonissue. 

I switched after I melted one of my polysulfone male QDs. 

Going Pro / Re: New Texas law?
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:18:12 PM »
I like Jester King's response to all of it.  Switch over to a brewpub license.  Cap production at 10,000 bbls per year, self distribute 1,000 bbls per year, and have a distributor sell the rest.  I think they were at 1,400 bbls last year.  Now they can charge for beer in the tasting room and sell bottles to go.  Their model, with lots of barrel aging, really lends itself to this. 

Equipment and Software / Re: burner control
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:27:42 AM »
If you're not too comfortable wiring up controllers, the tower of power controllers work extremely well.  I have two (one on the MLT and one on the HLT). 

Going Pro / Re: New Texas law?
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:16:00 AM »
That appears to be the case with the language in 639 on the price fixing, which is was rightly excised.  SB 639 (now tied to SBs 515--518 a/k/a/ the good bills) has passed the senate and is now in the house.

This is a pretty good summary of it.  Good for brewpubs and large breweries like St. Arnold and Real Ale, which have already sold their major market distribution rights.  Stinks for most of the rest of Texas Craft Brewers despite the good bills, 515--518.

Going Pro / Re: New Texas law?
« on: March 20, 2013, 01:04:03 PM »
Here's my attempt to summarize what's going forward here in Texas.  There are basically 3 bills.  Two are good.  They would allow production breweries to sell beer directly to consumers without having to deal with previous restrictions that required them to give beer away with the tour for the price of the tour, the glass, etc.  The other would allow brewpubs to distribute. 

Here's the problem.  SB639 has now been tied to these other two bills.  This is the bill that prohibits manufacturers, i.e. breweries from (1) charging different prices to different distributors and (2) (this is the really bad one), receiving payment from distributors in exchange for their territorial distribution rights.  In other words, the breweries, who could have previously sold these rights to distribute their beer in a territory, for example, in the Houston area, now have to give the rights to the distributors.  Of course, the distributor who has been given these rights, can turn around and sell them to another distributor.  Basically creates less incentive among breweries in the state to try to grow their brand.  There may be a way around it (kind of like getting around the tasting room rules), but it's just a bad law.  I could see the breweries charging a "convenience fee."  Worked for Ticketmaster.

Also, I think they are working to up the bbl cap that would allow the brewery to self distribute, but, in turn, lowering the amount of beer that can, in fact, be self distributed to 40,000 bbls.  This does not seem to be as big of a deal since it does not make much sense for a brewery to try to self distribute that much beer. 

This is my understanding of things.  Word is that it will probably pass.  It has support from the distributors, obviously.  That's a lot of lobbying money.  The breweries who are spearheading this stand to benefit more than the smaller breweries that haven't had a seat at the table for as long.  Good for the brewpubs.  Good for the already widely distributed breweries like St. Arnold who have already been paid for the lion's share of their distribution rights.  Not so good for pretty much all the other smaller breweries who are in the early stages and are still mostly self distributing.

Distributors and Texas legilators laughing and patting each other on the backs on this one.  Hope it doesn't pass.  Time will tell

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenter Size
« on: March 20, 2013, 12:49:16 PM »
I recall reading on Blichmann's website that you can.  As for carbonating, they are not designed to hold pressure apart from the 2--5 psi for transfers. 

Going Pro / Re: Homebrew clubs
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:04:18 PM »
Coulld he throw a cooler with a braid in the middle?  Would that be enough of a change without his having to buy all new equipment?  Just lawyering it a little.  Does it have to be a completely new setup, or just different enough?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'n water spreadsheet
« on: March 01, 2013, 10:44:37 AM »
For pale ales and IPAs, I have had good results with SO4 in the 225--250 ppm range.  My Cl levels are about 55 ppm.  While that strikes me as a pretty high ratio of SO4:Cl, it works well for the style.  Typically, for hoppy beers like a Pilsner, I keep the ratio at closer to 2:1.

Equipment and Software / Re: March pump issues
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:13:41 PM »
How hot is the liquid you are trying to pump?  If it is boiling, cavitation is likely the issue.  The new impeller is a definite improvement.  But lately, I don't recirculate during the boil.  I just hit it once the flame is extinguished.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Thermometer for fermentation chamber
« on: February 18, 2013, 11:54:46 AM »
I'd add that if you are using a temperature controller like a Ranco, it will display the current temp. being reported by the probe. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What to do with a slow fermenting beer
« on: February 18, 2013, 11:33:27 AM »
Just leave it alone and let it finish up.  I have had a Bohemian Pilsner take 5 weeks to finish up.  WLP 800 is ridiculously slow.  No ill effects from patience, unless you consider a delicious beer an ill effect.  Save for two, all of my less than good beers have been a result of my rushing things.

Equipment and Software / Re: Banjo Burner Issue...
« on: February 16, 2013, 07:05:21 PM »
Nice. I like the heat deflector on your valve too.

Looks like the ones from  I have several of those.  They work great.  Wish I had found them before I cooked the rubber coating off a couple of my ball valve handles.  :(

Kegging and Bottling / Re: morebeer reconditioned corny kegs
« on: February 14, 2013, 08:32:01 PM »
I had a 10 gallon keg with a post like that, and I used it for a couple of years before I noticed it.  Hard to get the post on, but otherwise, no problems. I finally noticed some air getting in the lines and realized the post needed to be repaired.  I had removed the post a couple of times and just hadn't noticed it.  It happens. Glad they made it right. 

Going Pro / Re: Business Plan
« on: February 10, 2013, 05:47:11 PM »
From a competition perspective, I would consider keeping the pilot system for testing recipes and new products.  If something isn't selling fast, don't keep brewing it in smaller batches.  Stop brewing it.  As home brewers, we all have that beer we brew once per year, but not more often because we don't like it that much.  On the pro side, if it's not selling, let someone else brew it.

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